Wednesday, November 4, 2009

First Velvet Hammer - Fort Benning Soldier Dies in Iraq

A velvet hammer is sent when there is a loss in the the brigade. Peace be with the family of our fallen Soldier. God bless our troops!

On the 2nd of November, I was notified that our Brigade has suffered the
loss of one of our soldiers from B/1-10 FA. The soldier lost his life
due to non-combat related injuries sustained at FOB Delta, Iraq. The
next of kin of our fallen soldier has been notified. I ask you for your
prayers for this Sledgehammer Soldier and his family.

Tom Woodie
Rear Detachment Commander
3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Defense Department says a Fort Benning soldier from Colorado Springs has died in Iraq of injuries from a noncombat incident.

Military officials said Tuesday that 21-year-old Spc. Jonathon M. Sylvestre died Monday in Kut, Iraq. Details of his injuries weren’t released.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning.

The circumstances of his death are under investigation.

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